Allume Systems

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Allume Systems was a software developer, originally founded in 1988 by David Schargel and Jonathan Kahn in New York City as Aladdin Systems to develop, publish and distribute software for personal computers. Allume was incorporated in January 1989. In July 2004, the company was forced to change its name from Aladdin Systems as part of a settlement of a trademark lawsuit with Aladdin Knowledge Systems.[1] In 2005, Allume Systems was acquired by Smith Micro Software. Currently, Allume is headquartered in Watsonville, California, as part of Smith Micro Software.


Allume Systems originally developed exclusively for Macintosh, focusing on data compression and management utilities, such as the StuffIt family of compression utilities and the StuffIt InstallerMaker delivery suite, the ShrinkWrap disk image utility, and its Spring Cleaning system optimization utility.

In 1998, Allume ported StuffIt to Windows and more recently[when?] to Linux, and has released a full line of graphics, imaging, internet security, and utility software.

In response to the success of the popular marine aquarium fishtank simulator, they have also released their own line of fish sims known as Aquazone, which is not affiliated with the discontinued fish tank computer simulation from by the same name.

Most of their current products are available for both Windows PCs and Apple Macintosh.


  1. ^ "ALADDIN SYSTEMS CHANGES NAME TO ALLUME SYSTEMS". Allume Systems (Retrieved from the Internet Archive.). 2004-07-26. Archived from the original on 2005-12-02. 

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